[Grammar] (the) ABC school

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uktous

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Hi,

Question:

I don't understand why we don't need to write "the" before ABC school in the following sentences.
Is it because ABC school is a name?
When we say "I like Mary", I don't need to say "I like the Mary".
Correct?

Sentences:

I studied at ABC school.
I worked at ABC school.

Thanks
 

Raymott

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Hi,

Question:

I don't understand why we don't need to write "the" before ABC school in the following sentences.
Is it because ABC school is a name?
When we say "I like Mary", I don't need to say "I like the Mary".
Correct?

Sentences:

I studied at ABC school.
I worked at ABC school.

Thanks
Generally, you can leave out "the" if "ABC School" is the name, but not if "ABC" is the name.
Similarly, you can't say "I don't like Mary character", but you can say, "I don't like the Mary character", or "I don't like that Mary person. (colloquial)."
 

emsr2d2

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Hi,

Question:

I don't understand why we don't need to write "the" before ABC school in the following sentences.
Is it because ABC school is a name?
When we say "I like Mary", I don't need to say "I like the Mary".
Correct?

Sentences:

I studied at ABC school.
I worked at ABC school.

Thanks

In your examples, you don't necessarily need to add "the". In my town, there were two main secondary schools, and neither of them would have taken "the" when used in your exampes:

I worked at Varndean High School.
I worked at Dorothy Stringer High School.

Look at the following examples:

I worked at Oxford University.
I worked the the university in Oxford.

In the first example, you are quoting the official title of the university, so you don't need "the". However, in the second, you are talking about a specific university, taking "the" and then stating the location.
 

albertino

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The rule is, if you like, the uniqueness of such educational institutions as kindergartens, schools, colleges/universities, as there will not be two Oxford unversities in the world and misunderstanding of which Oxford University will not arise on the hearer. So, the definite article, which specifies the person or object in question if there is more than one of the kind, is not used.
 
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